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Marcellus Shale Update

 Week of April 26, 2019


Each week the Pennsylvania Farm Bureau Compiles articles related to Marcellus Shale gas exploration and development for educational purposes and the benefit of interested groups and individuals.


Opinions and issues in the articles and news releases on this site do not necessarily reflect or represent policy positions of the PA Farm Bureau. For policy positions, please refer to the policy book links on our website.


Marcellus Shale Update is posted and archived on the PA Farm Bureau Website ( ) in the Members Only section.



Seminars Education and Events

To view the Penn State Extension seminar and Webinar schedule, use the link below. (Extension also has a selection of past Webinars.) If you are not registered with Extension for Webinars, follow the easy steps when you open the link to gain access:


Upper Delaware River Basin Citizens Spring Seminar May 19

Thursday, May2, 2019 at the Lookout Fire Hall, 2625 Hancock Highway, Equinunk, Pennsylvania, 9:00 AM to 2:30 PM, with lunch provided and will feature numerous speakers including: BRIAN ORAM, Professional Geologist; PAT HENDERSON, over 20- years of experience in legislative and executive branches of government, and nationally-recognized energy advocacy trade organizations; JEFF BELARDI, Attorney practicing out of Scranton, PA and licensed for 25 years.

Registration is online at under “EVENTS” and space is limited.


Shale Law Weekly Review
Published every Monday, the Penn State Shale Law Blog presents the Shale Law Weekly Review which provides an update of recent, local, state, national, and international legal developments relevant to shale gas.



Penn State Shale Law Blog



~ Regulatory ~


EPA Won't Revise Drilling Waste Regulations Despite Review


"Based on EPA's review, current state programs incorporate the majority of elements that are important components of waste management programs, ...




Years after record Marcellus Shale fine was dropped, gas leak continues in Lycoming County

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Nancy DeWire, a 76-year-old sheep farmer and recent widow, can describe a .... She and her husband, Bill, had lived on the farm for about 50 years.


~~State Related Items~~

New York

ConEd's natural gas moratorium may end in 2023 after deal with Tennessee company

The Journal News |

ConEd stopped accepting new natural gas applications in southern ... “The solution provides the time needed to improve non-pipeline technology and ...



Ohio shale investment tops $74 billion

Canton Repository

Ohio shale investment tops $74 billion .... “We're continuing to see that the center of gravity for natural gas is moving from the Gulf (of ... IHS Markit released estimates that show by 2040, the Utica and Marcellus shale regions in Ohio, ...




Fight over Grant Township well far from over

Indiana Gazette

The ordinance targeted a PGE plan for an injection well near East Run. ... said Chad Nicholson, of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund.



Energy Transfer Announces Mariner East 1 Pipeline is Back in Service

Digital Journal

Energy Transfer worked closely with the Pennsylvania Public Utility ... capacity for the Marcellus and Utica Shale production areas in Eastern Ohio, ...


North America's oil and gas pipeline boom could signal meltdown

E&T Magazine

North America's oil and gas pipeline boom could signal meltdown ... 'the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Appalachia and the Midwest', and ...



Rio Grande LNG terminal project could help maintain Permian production: US DOE official

S&P Global Platts

NextDecade's proposed 27 million mt/year Rio Grande LNG terminal drew support from a top US Department of Energy official, who on Wednesday ...



Oil sinks as Trump reportedly says he told OPEC to lower prices


Oil futures were sharply lower Friday, prompting U.S. prices to turn lower for the week, following news that ... “Gasoline prices are coming down.


~Policy and Political~


State senator wants to block sale of gas to anti-fracking neighbors

Kallanish Energy

But last week, a Pennsylvania state Senator put forth an idea which caused a lot of ... Yaw made his radical proposal at Upstream PA 2019, a one-day ... Marcellus and Utica Shale natural gas flowing through existing pipelines, but ...


Proposal in works to expand D&L Trail

Citizens Voice

It is the only major gas-producing state that allows companies to drill without paying a severance tax that increases with the volume of gas extracted, ...


Restore PA Could Bring Bonus to Philly

Philadelphia Public Record

It would be funded through a severance tax on petrochemical extraction that the Independent Fiscal Office has determined will be primarily paid for by ...



President Trump Considering a Jones Act Waiver

President Trump is said to be considering a Jones Act waiver for the transport of liquefied natural gas. He should do so without delay.


Elizabeth Warren has a lot of bad ideas, but her anti-drilling plan might be the worst

Washington Examiner

Technology has made the difference. In 2000, shale gas amounted to only 2% of United States production. Today it is 60% and rising. Natural gas is in ...